In the end, Calgary’s mercurial weather could hardly have been more co-operative. The temperature dropped to an appropriately wintry-4°C. The wind whipped the flags around McMahon Stadium, and the sun, as if on cue, broke through a heavy cloud cover just in time to spotlight the start of the opening ceremonies of the XV Olympic Winter Games.
There are, on the Olympic slopes of Mount Allan, the dutiful volunteers on skis who stand guard for thee, policing the course, making sure the contestants pass through the right gates on the way down. They hate the uniforms issued to them. They think the weird colors are ugly.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
It was a rare display of emotion by a presidential candidate who had just been characterized by a political rival as a bloodless technocrat. Campaigning in Manchester, N.H., Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts—the leading Democrat in this week’s pivotal first presidential primary—dropped by Dimitrios Bakolas’s corner grocery store.By MARCI McDONALD6 min
While the daily infighting of the Commons grabs the headlines, behind the scenes Canada’s political parties are desperately seeking winning formulas for the next election campaign. Unlike the backroom strategists of the Tories and the NDP, who keep that fractious process away from public scrutiny, Liberal delegates last week openly argued with experts on the details of the party’s 1988 electoral platform during their third and final “Canada Conference.”By Peter C. Newman4 min
After running a ferronickel mine in the Dominican Re public for 15 years, Torontobased Falconbridge had achieved a dismal profit and loss record. In seven profitable years the mine had earned $53 million, but in eight unprofitable years the mine had lost $197 million on its ferronickel, a form of nickel combined with iron. Throughout 1987, world nickel prices Throughout 1987, world rose, demand was high and inventories low.
When Christa Petracca took the stand at the investigation that prominent Calgary lawyer William Code is conducting into the collapse of companies associated with the $1.2-billion Edmonton-based Principal Group Ltd., lawyers expected that, because of her intimate knowledge of the workings of the fallen corporate empire, her testimony would produce revelations.
He is at once a superbly qualified and highly unlikely candidate for federal office. Until his appointment in 1985 as Canada's ambassador to France, Lucien Bouchard had devoted most of his political life to the fight for Quebec independence.
Since it first appeared in Canada in the 1850s, the caboose, with its cozy appearance and bright colors, has appealed to railway fans. But now the romantic railcar, hooked onto the end of freight trains like an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, seems destined to chug its way into Canadian history.By DAVID TODD4 min
Even the august International Olympic Committee (IOC) reflected the distinctly western flavor of the 1988 Winter Olympics at its pre-Games meetings in Calgary last week. The committee, which orchestrates the global Olympic movement, gave its 91 members goldplated identity badges depicting a horse’s head hitched to the IOC’s five-ring Olympic symbol.By JOHN HOWSE6 min
Many Canadians regard a trip to Paris as a kind of pilgrimage to the mecca of Western civilization. With its wealth of art and architecture, the City of Light has always seemed to emit an enviable glow of high culture. But this month two Canadian women have provided ample proof of Canada’s own sophistication.By MADELEINE CZIGLER4 min
They were dressed in spike heels, sequins and tuxedoes, but they came for a country hoedown. The sparkling audience included such notables as King as King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Olav of Norway, TV personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife, Mila.By PAMELA YOUNG6 min
During the 18-day illegal nurses’ strike in Alberta, a committee met each morning at the Calgary Foothills Hospital to make life-anddeath decisions. The strike, which began on Jan. 25, forced the 1,000-bed hospital to reduce surgery to 13 operations each day from roughly 100.
It was a painful dispute eerily reminiscent of the corrosive language debates of the late 1960s. First, a handful of Conservative backbenchers publicly declared their strong opposition to the official languages bill, which would increase access to bilingual government services.
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